Tackle Page Speed Like a Pro

2017 Session Refresh on Page Speed Optimization Eric Hochberger, Mediavine Co-Founder and CEO, still wants you to think like a robot.   In his knowledge-packed session at our 2017 conference in Charleston, he broke down the nuts and bolts of page speed in a language all us non-developers can understand: PLAIN ENGLISH. There aren’t many people involved in the digital space who will tell you that page speed doesn’t matter. Anyone who’s ever yelled “just LOAD!” in frustration at a glowing screen or pressed the back button 50 times while trying to read the news on their phone KNOWS that site speed is an important thing. But many of us non-techies don’t know exactly WHY it matters so much to the people we want to work with (like Google and big brands) or HOW to fix the issues that are making our site slow. At our […]

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2018 Mediavine Conference

If you’re a member of Mediavine Publisher Network, then you know that one of our key missions is empowering publishers. We love helping publishers make their sites, and their businesses, the best they possibly can be. Improving their site speed and SEO techniques, unlocking the mysteries of ads, and encouraging blogger community support. This holistic approach has been our way of doing things since day one. We brought those ideals to life in April 2017 for the Mediavine Publishers Conference, held in Charleston, South Carolina. More than 100 publishers came together for a weekend of learning, support, great food, and fun. In fact, we had so much fun, we’re doing it again! Join us for the 2nd annual Mediavine Publishers Conference on February 28 – March 2nd, 2018, to be hosted at Google headquarters in Mountain View, California! We’ve got some great panels and speakers […]

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Last month, the IAB (Interactive Advertising Bureau) announced a new standard, ads.txt, to help fight ad fraud. As of today, Mediavine is proud to announce that we’d made it easy for our publishers to quickly adopt this standard via our Mediavine Control Panel WordPress Plugin or via our dashboard for other platforms. But first, because you asked … What is ads.txt? Similar to the infamous robots.txt file, it’s a “plain text” file that is hosted on your root domain, at the top level of your website, and it contains a list of authorized sellers of your advertising inventory. You can see an example here: https://www.thehollywoodgossip.com/ads.txt What’s the point of ads.txt? The ads.txt initiative was started to combat ad fraud and in particular, two main types – unauthorized reselling of your ad inventory through arbitration, and more importantly, ad fraud through misrepresentation or counterfeit ad impressions. Okay, […]

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Mediavine is thrilled to announce that after being extensively vetted, and having exceeded rigorous qualification standards, we are officially a Google Certified Publishing Partner (GCPP). We have proven ourselves as trained experts in Google AdSense, DoubleClick Ad Exchange and DoubleClick for Publishers, all of which are key to helping publishers meet their goals. In addition to that, we’ve achieved many things behind the scenes to make Google, and our growing number of publishers, successful: Consistently delivering over 70% viewability on ad impressions network-wide through Google policy-compliant custom ad units. Increasing average publisher site ad load times by over 200% through lazy loading and other custom built integrations. Offering Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) ad units. A custom video player monetized with Google’s Interactive Media Ads. Each of these items has long been a priority for Mediavine, and adding Google Certified Publishing Partner status to our list of […]

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If you know anything about Mediavine, you’re probably aware of our obsession with page speed. We feel the need for speed, and more speed after that. However, as an ad management company, there’s definitely something in our way — advertisements. Ads are slow. Really slow. Why? Because each display advertisement you run on your site is like running a separate mini website. They each run their own set of JavaScript, styles, images, and HTML just like your site itself. They require all these resources in order to render interactive ads and run the tracking they need. If you run any third party page speed measurement tool, you’ve likely seen advertisements polluting all the warnings and errors those tools spit out. So how do we balance slow ads with our obsession with page speed? We use a lot of tricks, but today we’re focusing on probably […]

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Last week we made a pretty big mistake that we’d like to apologize for. We are so sorry. We’ve always done everything in our power to operate without the need for admin access to publishers’ websites unless absolutely necessary. As we’ve grown, so has the need for technological innovation to improve ad performance, which at Mediavine is more than just a way to help you make the most money possible – it is part of a holistic approach to site-wide functionality and health. Creating WordPress plugins that are as useful to you as our ad tech is has been a goal of ours for years. We started toward this goal with the Mediavine Control Panel, which, among other things, allows you to easily install our script wrapper and make sure your ads are always up to date. As anyone who uses WordPress knows, it is […]

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There’s been a lot of talk, and fear, after Google announced it would join Coalition for Better Ads and would be building ad blocking in Google Chrome. Due to our relationship with Google, we’ve been holding out on officially commenting on this until more information was released. Now that there’s enough official information out there, we’d love to put our publishers’ minds at ease. 

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We recently learned that one of our publishers, Mandy Kelly, passed away in a house fire. Not just Mandy, but her husband, and two of her four children, perished as well. There are a lot of pieces to pick up, and Mandy’s mother, Rhonda, is starting with Mandy’s blog – Worshipful Living. We’re doing what we can to support Rhonda in learning everything there is to know about the crazy beautiful world of blogging, including starting a Go Fund Me campaign to help with expenses. Support, of any kind, is very much appreciated by us, and the Kelly family.

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When we originally launched the Mediavine Video Player, it started off as a click-to-play player only. It was a weird concept on the Internet….to only show a video to a user if they actually wanted to watch the video. Due to requests from our publishers and against our initial judgement, we eventually added a Google policy-compliant autoplay feature to the Mediavine Video Player. It would let you set videos to autoplay as long as they were above the fold, large enough, and not muted. We obviously saw our number of plays drastically increase, which made sense. Not every user wants to watch your awesome videos, but when you force every single user to, that’s clearly going to increase the numbers of “plays.” However, are those “plays” really views if the user isn’t actually watching the videos? I suppose it depends on the perspective you’re looking […]

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We know we’re not the only ad management company in town, and we’re more than okay with that. However, what we’re not okay with is the misinformation and incomplete pictures painted by some of those competitors. As the network of transparency, we’ve been as up front as possible about our revenue share since our inception. It’s been in our contract that all publishers signed, throughout our emails, posted on our website, and in our help articles. Our revenue share is transparent here at Mediavine, and it’s equal for all our publishers. On deals run through our ad server, it’s 70 percent to our publishers and 30 percent to Mediavine. On third party partnerships we run such as ZergNet, Chicory, and GumGum In-Image ads, it’s 80 percent to our publishers and 20 percent to Mediavine. Does that revenue share sound too low? We promise you it’s not, […]

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